6 Natural Scents To Keep Those Bugs Away This Summer

Summertime is totally great! The mosquitoes that show up with it, not so much. The months of June to August make for lots of fun in the sun… with more than anyone’s fair share of mosquito bites to go around.

Despite this, we spend a lot of our summer outdoors. The weather is wonderful at this time of year, so how can we not? Summer means a lot of poolside barbecues, rooftop parties, outdoor picnics, beach parties, you name it.  If it’s summer, whatever it is is most likely happening outdoors. It’s a great way to soak up some much-needed sun, but everyone knows that the fun really starts when the sun goes down. Unfortunately, that’s when the mosquitoes start coming out too.

You’re not going to let those tiny nuisances drive your party indoors, are you? Life’s too short to be annoyed at mosquito bites. Don’t let those pests prevent you from enjoying that balmy breeze of summer. Check out these six scents, even just one of these will help you keep the bugs at bay.

1. Lavender

Not only is it relaxing, it also keeps away mosquitoes and other unwanted insects. Our Lavender & Chamomile Pentagon Candle would make a perfect tabletop piece to any outdoor dinner party.


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2. Rosemary

Not only is this a delicious herb, but it also helps keeps the pests away. Are you manning the grill at your next outdoor barbecue? Add some rosemary to your food for extra flavor and bug-repelling power.

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3. Garlic

While we’re on the subject of edible bug repellents, eating a lot of garlic can actually create some kind of barrier on your skin that’ll make you unappetizing to mosquitoes. It’s a great way to accent the flavors of whatever you’re cooking for your next summer potluck, so toss some of those in!

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4. Peppermint

While peppermint may smell sweet and tingly to us, mosquitoes definitely hate it. Use peppermint oil or crush fresh leaves and rub them on your body before you head to the great summer outdoors. You’ll stay bite-free and smell fresh all night.

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5. Eucalyptus

It’s cooling and refreshing, perfect for summer. We love our mints, but bugs absolutely hate them!  Eucalyptus also keeps mosquitoes and ticks away, so bring a Eucalyptus & Spearmint Hexagon Candle with you for your next picnic in the park.

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6. Marigold

This certainly is a pungent plant, but they sure are pretty! Mosquitoes find their scent overwhelming. Add marigold flowers to your garden or your summer centerpiece bouquet to keep the mosquitos far, far away.

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If you want a bug-free, bite-free summer – and who doesn’t that, – don’t forget to stock up on these scents. Make them a part of your daily life this summer enjoy all your time outdoors, without all the biting and itching. Do you have any go-to scents to keep insects away or any natural DIY bug repellent options? Let us know in the comments below!



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